DIY Do's and Don'ts

Let's face it, you probably have a Pinterest board full of fun DIY projects that you want to tackle in 2017. Here are some important Do It Yourself Do's and Don'ts that you should know about before you take on any type of project: home improvement, gifts, wedding, etc.

DO: Research your project.

It always looks easier than it really is. Make sure you do the research your project requires. Know the in's and out's of the project from the project itself, to the space in which you are doing the project. Make sure you know everything you need to know before you get started, and that you have the resources you need just in case if you need more information in the middle of the project.

DON'T: Spend more money on a DIY hack than the original thing.

It is absolutely amazing how expensive Do It Yourself projects can be. Once you buy all of the supplies, and put all of the time into it, you could have just saved yourself a nice chunk of change and a headache if you had just bought the thing. For example, if you want to make a mason jar chandelier--it's going to cost you around $100 and you have to figure out the electrical work. Or you could drop $49.99 at Target.com for one that is already put together.

DO: Make mistakes in order to learn from them.

I can see how this is kind of counterintuitive, but it's important. Sometimes you need to screw up and do a "don't" in order to learn how to never do it again. When you make mistakes, learn from them. It's really the only way to get better at something.

DON'T: Take on a project that you're not qualified for.

There's a difference between making a mistake and using the wrong kind of glue, and electrocuting yourself because you decided to do the electrical in your DIY kitchen remodel instead of getting a professional to do it. There are parts of certain do it yourself projects that unfortunately, you cannot do yourself--so don't attempt to.

DO: Get all of the right measurements...twice.

If you're doing a fabric project, make sure you know EXACTLY what you need. Never cut fabric unless you have laid it over whatever it is you might be doing upholstery for, or if you know exactly what the measurements have to be. When you are cutting--it's always better to leave a little more on, than take too much off.

DON'T: Close the glue bottle until you know you are done with the glue.

Fun fact, when you screw the cap closed on a glue bottle, all of the glue gets sucked into the cap. This is what causes bottles to clog up. Keep the bottle open until you are sure you are done the project to prevent clogs!

DO: Cover an area to designate to paint.

Whether you are hand painting or spray painting, it's a good idea to have a designated spot for it. If you're covering the area in newspaper, be mindful to tape the paper down for it might blow away during a spray paint session, or use blue painter's tape.

DON'T: Keep a stencil on for too long.

When you are painting, don't forget to remove the stencil as soon as you are done--or else the stencil will get stuck to your project!

DO: Work with people on projects.

Find people that are also interested in DIY projects, or perhaps do a DIY project with a friend, family member or a significant other. Sometimes it can be not only fun to work with someone, but helpful.

DON'T: Panic.

People do DIY projects for plenty of reasons: being creative, financial restrictions, aesthetic, for fun, etc. However, no matter what your reason for doing it yourself, you shouldn't panic. Every project has its problems, but you will figure out how to make it a success. You have plenty of tools and resources available to you no matter what.

DIY: Fall Mason Jars

Fall Mason Jar Display
(sincerelyjean)

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Four mason jars of the same size
-White and brown acrylic paint
-Foam paint brush
-Twine
-Vinyl letters
-Sandpaper
-"Wheat"

Step Two: "Paint the front of the jars brown and let them dry completely."

Step Three: "Place the vinyl letters over the brown paint. " 

fall rustic mason jars(sincerelyjean)

Step Four: "Paint the entire outside of the jars white using the the acrylic or chalk paint and let them dry completely."

fall rustic mason jars(sincerelyjean)

Step Five: "Peel off the vinyl letters."

Step Six: "Use sandpaper to sand evenly around the entire jar.  This is what gives the jars that rustic look." 

Step Seven: "Tie the twine around the top of the jar with a knot."

Step Eight: "Place the wheat inside.  We used 13-15 stalks per jar."

 

This super awesome project is brought to you by sincerelyjean! 

DIY: Leather Hair Clips

Leather Hair Clips
(beautifulness)

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Leather (faux leather or vinyl works too)
-Ruler
-Scissors
-Base clip
-Hot glue or Tacky Glue

(abeautifulmess)
Step Two: "Cut a rectangle of leather that is two inches tall and three inches wide."

Step Three: "Cut another thin strip of leather that will serve as the middle of your bow and set aside."

Step Four: "Accordion fold the leather rectangle lengthwise so that you have two folds showing on the front of your bow, and use the thin leather strip and Tacky Glue to secure the middle of the bow tightly in place."

Step Five: "Glue the bow on to your base, and you’re done!"

September 09, 2016 by Lexx Fusco

Country Cozy

DIY: "Bootpourri"

(buzzfeed)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Baking soda
-Essential oil
-Coffee filters
-Twine
-Water colors
-Small bowl

Step Two:
"Mix together 1/4 cup of Baking soda with 5-10 drops of Essential oil in the scent of your choice. Mix well."

Step Three:
"Scoop 1/2 tablespoon of the Baking soda + essential oil mixture into a coffee filter." 

Step Four:
"Gather the edges to the center to contain the powder. Double up with another layer of coffee filter."

Step Five:
"Tie with a 5” piece of twine. Double-knot for security."

Step Six:
"Dip your paintbrush in water, then in the paint in the color of your choice, and then back in the water to dilute the color. Then brush lightly over the edge of the ‘petal’ part. When the whole area is covered, lightly go over it again with a slightly darker color to add depth and texture."

Step Seven:
"Let dry."

COMPLETE!

DIY: 4th of July!

Here are some awesome and patriotic 4th of July DIY ideas:

Clothes Pin Wreath
(pinterest.com)

Red, White and Blue Mason Jar Bandana Jars
(asoftplace)

Bandana No Sew Pillow
(atthepicketfence)

Fireworks Popcorn or Party Bags
(cfabbridesigns)

Bandana Bracelets
(scatteredthoughtsofcraftymoms)

Mason Jar American Flag
(itstartedwithpaint)

Have an awesome and happy 4th of July!

DIY: Backyard Luau Good Eats

Sand Dollar Cookies

These cookies might be a bit of a challenge to make, but it's totally worth it. They aren't too sweet and are brushed with a bit of cinnamon for the perfect day at the beach look and feel. Five shaved almond pieces pressed into the top and boom, perfect Sand Dollar cookie. Get the recipe here.

Sea Shell Chocolates
(michaels.com)
Get this mold from Michael's. You can also get the melting chocolate from there too, but Walmart has it cheaper. I used the cream and white chocolate colors. If you want to make them look marble, here's an awesome tutorial as to how!

Flip Flop Cookies


You can use Milano cookies or Nutter Butters. Ice them on top with any colors or designs you like, then use icing or licorice for the straps. I put them on a tray of graham cracker crumbs to look like sand and bought a few miniatures from Michael's (like buckets and the sand castle.)

Boozy Pina Colada Cupcakes

These were super fun and easy to make. The cupcakes were white cake mix with Pina Colada margarita mix, pineapple slices, coconut extract, splash of pineapple juice from the can of pineapple chunks, and about 1/4 cup vodka. I had to add a bit of flour and baking powder to it because of all of the liquid, but they turned out nice.

The frosting is 2 sticks of butter, a bag (yes BAG) of powdered sugar,  1/2 cup vodka, coconut extract, Pina Colada margarita mix and some yellow food coloring.

Snacks and Icebox Cake

I put all of the snacks into buckets. The little buckets have candy in them "Life Savers" starring as LifeSavers and Peach Rings, "Pool Noodles" as Twizzlers, "Fish" as Swedish Fish. I used the shovels as serving spoons.

Icebox Cake, because of the graham cracker crumbs and vanilla pudding has the tones and feel of the beach. It's also a cool dessert which is nice on a hot day. It's a layer of graham crackers, layer of vanilla pudding, layer of graham crackers, layer of vanilla pudding, graham crackers crumbled on top. CHILL. Serve. 

DIY: Design Mugs

Step One:
Preheat your oven to 365.

Gather your materials.

-ceramic mugs
-Sharpie
-cookie sheet

Step Two:
Draw on your mugs.

Step Three:
Bake at 365 for 15 minutes so that the ink won't wash off.

Done!